Raiders Honor Fallen Heros- D-Day 75

Omaha Beach

On Wed, June 5, thirty South Range students along with fifteen adults embarked on an 11 day tour of Western Europe. This was a World War II themed tour through EF Tours that is in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.  Participants spent two days in London before taking a ferry across the English Channel (on a route similar to the one our soldiers took.) On June 9th, our Raiders walked in the footprints of our heroes on Omaha Beach. The highlight of our trip came when we visited the American cemetery at Normandy where 44 soldiers from Youngstown are buried. Our student travelers were assigned a soldier to research and we visited each grave site where each student told the story of the soldier who was laid to rest in Normandy. Each student had a 2 piece commemorative coin (see attached pics) to bring with them. After telling us about their soldier, the student left one piece at the grave site and brought the other piece back home to Youngstown.  It was a truly meaningful experience for all. After Normandy, the participants spent two days in Paris and Versailles. Then, on to Bastogne, Belgium (site of the WW2 Battle of the Bulge) for a day and Cologne and Berlin (Germany) for two days.  The students returned home on June 15.  For more information on the Raiders D-Day journey, please visit the page “Raiders DDay75” on Facebook or click the video links below:

Baylee Mohr video

Mackenna Renforth video

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